MJC free-“Mother:Caring for 7 Billion”

MJC presents free screening of the film Mother: Caring for 7 Billion

(Modesto, CA) – The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film Mother: Caring for 7 Billion on Thursday, October 10, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on MJC’s East Campus, 435 College Avenue. The free event is part of the CEP Fall Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

Mother: Caring for 7 Billion examines the impact of population growth on the planet, from the burden it places on the environment to the conditions it produces among the poor. The film not only looks at the pressing challenges facing the planet but also at some ways to meet those challenges, such as helping to empower women around the globe.

Following the film there will be a discussion with speakers Milt Trieweiler, Karen Gaia Pitts and Lee Miller.

Trieweiler is the population chair of the Sierra Club’s Yokut Group in Stanislaus County and is currently an active member of the Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter’s Committee for Sustainable World Population. He does information tabling on population growth and the local environment.

Gaia Pitts has been publisher and editor of Overpopulation.org since 1997, seeing population reach 6 billion in 1999 and 7 billion in 2011, and expects to see it reach 8 billion in 2023. She is a world traveler and has observed many countries outgrowing their farmland, water supply, and fuel supply. Pitts has traveled to Bangladesh to witness its successful Green Umbrella family planning and reproductive health program. From 2000-2004 she was a member of the Sierra Club’s Global Population and Environment Program Committee. In addition to her web page, she is also active in fostering grassroots advocacy for population, family planning, and reproductive health.

Miller was reared on a New Jersey dairy farm and educated in biology and liberal arts at Elizabethtown College where he received a B.S. degree. He has also studied ecology and biology at the University of Delaware where he achieved an M.S. degree. Miller joined the California Department of Fish and Game in 1963 and retired in 2000. He was a Planned Parenthood Affiliate board member for 18 years, and is currently active as a member of the Sierra Club Mother Lode Chapter’s Committee for Sustainable World Population.

For more information on MJC’s Civic Engagement Project or the Fall Film and Lecture Series, contact Jason Wohlstadter, professor of English, at wohlstadterj@mjc.edu.

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